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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is not one of the eight "founder" crops that started in the Fertile Crescent?
(a) Emmer wheat
(b) Flax
(c) Rice
(d) Chickpea

2. Sedentary lifestyles led to what type of birth intervals?
(a) Larger
(b) Longer
(c) Shorter
(d) More difficult

3. Groups who remained hunter-gatherers into the twentieth century lived in what types of areas?
(a) Areas where natural resources are abundant
(b) Areas near the equator
(c) Areas with lots of water
(d) Areas not fit for food production

4. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?
(a) The disappearance of human ancestors
(b) The mass extinction of large mammals
(c) The development of ocean going crafts
(d) The development of stone tools

5. What slows the spread of domesticated plants?
(a) Similar climates
(b) The domestication of animals
(c) Areas of farmland
(d) Different climates

Short Answer Questions

1. What weapons did the Spanish have in their encounter with the Incas?

2. Who killed and enslaved the Moriori in the Chatham Islands?

3. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?

4. Which mammal did the Spanish have that the Incas did not?

5. Why were the Europeans not affected by the infectious diseases that they brought to places like the Americas and Australia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

2. Why did the developments happen later in the Americas than in Eurasia?

3. Why did plant domestication and food production did not develop earlier in some of the ecologically better areas?

4. What is one other explanation (different than Diamond's) to explain the uneven distribution of wealth and power.

5. Why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important according to Diamond?

6. How did the domestication of animals give some societies an advantage?

7. How are seeds dispersed?

8. What advantages did the Bantu have over other African groups?

9. What misconceptions exist about the transition from hunter-gatherers to food producers?

10. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

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